Geordie Smith is banking on local knowledge.
Having spent much of his life in Paddington and the Caxton Street precinct, the chef (and former owner of The Little Larder) noticed the growth in the local dining scene and wanted to add his own venue to the mix.
“There’s this [negative] idea of Caxton Street that’s totally unfounded,” Smith says. “It’s a bit more serious now – people know they can get good food and drinks here and not just drink beer at The Caxton Hotel.”
Hence Greenhill Bar and Dining, a slick new bolthole on Petrie Terrace that’s the result of a partnership with designer and shopfitter Bernard Puz.
Moving into the half of the old Casablanca site left over after the recent opening of Fritzenberger, the fit-out has a raw, industrial aesthetic with exposed brickwork and polished concrete. A long bar is the focal point. Beyond is a mix of low tables and cosy, eye-catching leather booths.
Drinks are centred around Melbourne Moonshine. Smith only recently discovered the Victorian small-batch producer and was so impressed he built a cocktail menu around its inventive collection of spirits. Combinations include Moonshine Fizz (a take on a gin fizz), Bootlegger Lemonade (sour mash and house-made lemonade), and When Life Gives You Apples (Melbourne Moonshine’s Apple Pie shine, spiced-honey-and-apple syrup, herbal liquor and sparkling).
The bar menu offers a small selection of “modern Australian” dishes inspired by what Smith and his friends eat when drinking. Small plates such as prawn crackers, edamame or baked brie (served with orange sage and cranberry molasses, dried sage and dips) work well with a round of drinks.
A trio of sandwiches (including a peanut-braised pork shoulder, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder version), a steak and a cheeseboard are more substantial, and there’s a rotating weekly menu of sweets.
Greenhill Bar and Dining
48 Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Wed to Sun 12pm–3am
Kitchen: 12pm–3pm, 5pm–10pm